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Baltimore to pay $65K to settle suit over collision involving officer

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates is set to approve a $65,000 settlement with a woman who claims a police officer ran a red light and hit her vehicle.

Tuesday Nemcek-Skelton filed suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court in 2018 alleging she had a green light on Lombard Street in December 2015 when Officer Jason Funk entered the intersection at Highland Avenue with no lights or sirens on and struck her, according to a memorandum about the settlement prepared for the spending panel.

Nemcek-Skelton claimed serious injuries from the collision, including a shoulder injury that required surgery.

The court entered a settlement order on Nov. 12 tentatively dismissing the case. A trial had been scheduled to begin the following day. The $65,000 settlement must be approved by the Board of Estimates on Wednesday to be finalized.

The Baltimore Law Department recommends settling the suit “to avoid the expense and uncertainty of trial, as well as a potentially adverse jury verdict.”

Nemcek-Skelton is represented by Jay I. Block of the Law Offices of Jay Irwin Block LLC in Owings Mills. Block was not available for comment Tuesday.

The case is Tuesday Nemcek-Skelton v. Baltimore Police Department, 24C18004262.

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